Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 100 Rock Street Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 (501) 320-5700
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Sterling Cockrill Collection
5.0 Linear feet
This collection contains scrapbooks covering the time that Sterling Cockrill served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and ran for lieutenant governor. It also contains some documents and photographs, as well as the Arkansas Legislative Daily Digest for each legislative session from 1957 to 1969.
This collection is arranged chronologically and by type of artifact.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains scrapbooks covering the time that Sterling Cockrill served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and ran for lieutenant governor. It also contains some documents and photographs, as well as Cockrill's copies of the Arkansas Legislative Digest for each legislative session from 1957 to 1969. Each volume of the Digest contains related documents, as well as Cockrill's notations.
Items that were loose in the scrapbooks were removed and processed as individual documents. The contents of the document folders in box 1, therefore, are generally representative of the content of the scrapbooks.
Sterling Cockrill Jr., a direct descendant of Arkansas pioneer Chester Ashley, was born April 7, 1925, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He served in the US Navy during the closing days of World War II and again during the Korean War. He completed a degree in business from the University of Arkansas and joined his father's insurance agency in Little Rock. Cockrill served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1957 to 1971, and was Speaker of the House from 1967-1968. In 1970, Cockrill changed from the Democratic to the Republican Party and ran for lieutenant governor as Winthrop Rockefeller was running for governor for the third time. After he lost the 1970 election, Cockrill accepted a position in the Little Rock office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he worked until 1978. He subsequently worked as the executive director of organizations involved in the revitalization of downtown Little Rock. He retired in 1990. Cockrill married Adrienne Storey in 1945, and they have two daughters. Cockrill continues to be active in the art community in Little Rock.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Arkansas. General Assembly. House of Representatives -- Speakers.
Democratic Party (Ark.) -- History.
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Republican Party (Ark.) -- History.
Rockefeller, Winthrop, 1912-1973
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Sterling Cockrill Collection, MSS 00-05, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute